Selected Blue Bell Ice Cream products are being recalled after it was found they could be contaminated with Listeria bacteria.
In a statement, the ice cream brand has said the chocolate chip cookie dough used in the products could contain the bacteria that could harmfully affect one’s health. The dough in question is made by a supplier called Aspen Hills, Inc.
Blue Bell listeria recall: Listeriosis caused by ‘eating food with bacterium Listeria monocytogenes’
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Listeriosis is “a serious infection usually caused by eating food contaminated with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes.” CDC notes that the disease is “an important public health problem in the United States.”
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Consumption of the product, as was noted in a press release, can produce health issues in young children or people with weakened immunity systems; it can fatally affect some people. Some of the symptoms listeria can cause in healthy people include, but are not limited to, headache, fever, nausea, and diarrhea. In pregnant woman, it can also cause still births and miscarriages.
Blue Bell listeria recall: ‘No illnesses reported to date’
“No illnesses have been reported to date, but Blue Bell is taking this step because we remain committed to producing a safe, high-quality, great-tasting ice cream for you and your family to enjoy,” the company said in a Facebook post.
The products that have been recalled are as follows:
Blue Bell Ice Cream Half Gallons: Code Dates
- Blue Bell Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough 082618226
- Blue Bell Cookie Two Step 080418222, 081818224
Blue Bell Ice Cream Pints: Code Dates
- Blue Bell Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough 081518242, 082418242
As reported by ABC News, the products were distributed in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. The press release urges consumers to not eat the ice cream that have been recalled, further asking them to return the products.